WIOA Program (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act)
Ongoing enrollment now for the WIOA program for young adults ages 18 to 24. This is a grant/scholarship opportunity provided to young adults who have completed high school and who have faced or are facing certain challenges or obstacles in their lives which may be preventing them from moving forward into the world of education and/or a career. A series of short, certificated courses are provided, and one longer, job-related class. Students receive stipends for completing courses and homework projects. There are paid and unpaid work experience opportunities available locally after completing courses and passing final exams. Students are accepted based on qualifying ‘barriers’ and motivation/dedication to overcoming challenges. Call center to make an appointment for an interview. Click here for more info on the WIOA program.
Our mission is to open doors for young adults ages 18-24 to pursue their educational and career aspirations. Our program is focused on career and college advancement. Through individualized paid internships, students build skills, gain work experience and validate a career choice.
Programs and Services
Meet our Mentor
Career Connections/CalWORKS Youth Employment Program (CYEP) places hard working employees with employers. Young Adults ages 18-24, work up to 40 hours per week to a total of 200 hours. The program goals are building individual competencies, preparation to join the workforce permanently and developing a career path. Employers utilize the talents and interests of young adults, develop their skills and strengths, and provide positive adult role models. Participants are enthusiastic about not just earning money, but building their resumes with valuable work experience. Good news prospective employers; this program provides free employment to your business, government funded. Click here for more info.
CSEP assists hard working employees with employers. Adults ages 25 and up, work up to 40 hours per week to a total of 485 hours. The program goals are building individual competencies, preparation to join the workforce permanently and developing a career path. Employers utilize the talents and interests of participants, develop their skills and strengths, and provide positive adult role models. Participants are enthusiastic about not just earning money, but building their resumes with valuable work experience. Good news prospective Employers; this program provides free employment to your business, government funded. Click here for more info.
Paid and Unpaid Work Experience
We not only help you with the skills needed to get a job, we help you GET A JOB using those skills. You will work individually with a Career Mentor and get placed in what we call a "Work Experience" where you will have the chance to sharpen your skills and enhance your resume. Hey, you might even get paid! To learn more about Work Experience with Career Institute, click here.
This program aims to assist young participants in making true connections with businessmen, entrepreneurs, and government leaders in the community. This is a wonderful opportunity to pick their brains and get an up-close look behind the scenes of local businesses. Click here to learn more!
Big Bear Office:
PO Box 1642,
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Office: (909) 866-2624
Meet Our Student Ambassadors!
Seminars and Workshops on Employment Development, Job Search Techniques and Other Job-Related Topics
Provided on site throughout the year by county Workforce Development personnel.
Seminars and Workshops on resume writing, dressing for success, how to get through college without amassing a fortune in debt, public speaking, and more.
Provided by local business persons and our own area expert
Strategies for College Success
The curriculum includes:
Who will benefit from this course?
High school students preparing for college, especially high school seniors.
Career Institute students who want to attend college and need to know how.
Anyone who wants to see what college is about and how to navigate the system.
What is the cost and what does it cover?
The course fees, instructor fees, and text books are covered for current and follow-up Career Institute students.
What do I do next?
Call 909-866-2624 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa McCutcheon is a Big Bear resident of 30 years and loves working with young adults in education as well as with the community through her church and the Student Sister City Program. She and her husband Dennis, own McCutcheon Construction and as a result, are deeply connected to the community of Big Bear. She enjoyed raising her four kids in Big Bear and is thrilled with the opportunity to continue her work mentoring and influencing youth in the community.
Melissa Vecchio & Saara Duncan
Participant Advocate and Office Assistant
Saara Duncan is a resident of Big Bear and was raised by her Grandmother and is forever grateful to have her in her life. She was eager to graduate High School so she finished a half year early through the independent study program. Unsure about a career path, Saara found Career Institute through a recommendation. She joined the program, completed all the certifications and completed her Work Experience through the Career Center of Big Bear. She was quickly asked to be a Student Ambassador in the program and in July of 2018 she officially joined Career Institute as a Participate Advocate and Office Assistant.